Meet Our People


John Kotovsky
John Kotovsky
President and CEO

John Kotovsky serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Senior Services, a role he assumed in September 2007. With a blend of business acumen and pastoral ministry, he is uniquely qualified to build on the organization’s 150-year legacy of mission and lead it into the future with stability and strength.Before joining Lutheran Senior Services, John was President and Chief Operating Officer for the real estate development and management company Koch Development Co, Inc. Previous to that he served as Chief Financial Officer of The Sansone Group, Inc. and Senior Accountant for Arthur Andersen & Co. Also a Lutheran pastor, John served as Pastor of Administration and Christian Education for Community Church of Joy in Phoenix and Chief Financial Officer of the Joy Company. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, John also holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Over the years, he has also shared his heart for servant leadership through various professional and ministry boards.

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson
Chief Operating Officer

Gary Anderson, MHA, RN, serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Lutheran Senior Services (LSS). Before beginning in his current position, he served as the VP of Clinical Effectiveness/CNO for LSS. Prior to joining LSS, Gary spent 8 years at Advanced ICU Care, where he served as the Senior Vice President for Operations for a multi-state and international telemedicine company. Gary has been accountable for numerous new business development of programs and services at LSS. His clinical experiences include critical care, transplantation, telemedicine, while his administrative experiences have included hospital leadership, service line and program development as a senior leader in both for-profit and non-for-profit organizations. Gary has been responsible for the management of several clinical positions, including physicians, advanced practice staff, nursing, therapy and technical staff. In addition to creating new service lines and revenue streams, Gary has been active in developing quality improvement programs, cost savings and leading organizations in meeting and exceeding regulatory and compliance standards.

Paul Ogier
Paul J. Ogier
Chief Financial Officer

Paul Ogier is the co-founder of Provident Group, which became LSS’ subsidiary in June 2001. He served LSS as Vice President of Development and Other Services until he was named Chief Financial Officer in 2006. His professional career began in 1981 as a consultant with Laventhol & Horwath, a national accounting firm. Paul has a B.S. Degree in Finance from Missouri State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has a vast knowledge of development, operations, and financing, with a special emphasis on project financing. Paul has been a leader in the senior housing industry for over 20 years.

Lisa Norwine
Lisa Norwine
Vice President of Advancement

Lisa serves as Vice President of Advancement at Lutheran Senior Services. Lisa comes to LSS after a very successful career in philanthropy in the St. Louis area. Her previous roles include serving as the Executive Director of SSM’s St. Louis Foundations, and on the fundraising team at Washington University. She began her career in banking with Mark Twain Bank and Boatmen’s Bank. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia with a BSBA. Lisa comes to LSS with great leadership skills and a passion for helping older adults.

Mark Schoedel
Mark W. Schoedel
Vice President of Construction and Information Technology

Mark Schoedel was appointed Vice President of Construction and Technology in June of 2006. Prior to that, he served as Administrator of Construction and Technology for all LSS entities, after serving as Facilities Manager for Lutheran Health Care Association, an LSS predecessor. He is a former Director of Operations for Grace Church – St. Louis in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and worked as an engineer at Monsanto Company from 1976 to 1985. Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Missouri and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mark also served on the Advisory Council for the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center for 20 years.

Board of Directors


Kathleen T. Mueller
Husch Blackwell Sanders
Jeff Dunn
Vice Chairperson
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard
Scott M. Hartwig
Executive Vice President,
Regions Bank
Dr. F. Matthew Kuhlmann
Assistant Secretary
Instructor in Medicine,
Washington University
Richard J. Bagy, Jr.
Central Bank of St. Louis
Rev. Roy Christell
Senior Pastor,
Living Lord
Diane R. Drollinger
Nonprofit Services Center
Karl A. Dunajcik
The Moneta Group
John A. Komlos
ARCO Construction Co., Inc.
Harry Mueller
Delta Group Electronics
Gary Olson
Retired, President and CEO,
St. Luke’s Hospital
Rev. Scott Seidler
Senior Pastor,
Concordia Lutheran Church
Lisa J. Sombart
William. Tao & Assoc. Consulting Eng.
Sherry C. Strand
Thompson Coburn LLP
Paul N. Tice
Argos Investment Advisors

Senior Team Members

Rev. Darryl Anderson
Director of Pastoral Care

Carla Baum
Regional Vice President

Josh King
Chief Information Officer

Susan Hutchinson, CASP
Executive Director of Affordable Housing

Al Koepke, CFRE
Executive Director of Development

Karen Larson
Regional Vice President

Mike Raso
Regional Vice President

Rev. Jeffery Scheer
Administrator of Clinical Pastoral Education

Rita Vicary
Administrator of Marketing and Sales